A tale on Wednesday…

for Friday Fictioneers


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The flight was perfect. Decent food, a drink or three and a movie.  Straight through immigration.  Everyone is smiling.  I’m happy, relaxed and looking forward to my hotel room, a bubbly bath then tucking into something spicy. Aaah, bliss!

There’s the bus.  What a charming driver!  This seat’s so comfy. Off we go.

Ooops, he slammed on the brakes.  Woo, we’re hurling forward.  We’re going ridiculously fast, swerving this way and that.  Mind that tuk-tuk, wooo, watch that car.  We’re turning left, right, right (utter a prayer) left, stop, start, stop…and…we’re…there.

I’m exhausted.  I’m queazy.  Where’s the toilet?  Where’s my bed?



asian-busThanks to Rochelle for hosting and to  Fatimer Fakier Deria for the photo.

Stop Froggie to join in the fun!

x whitex



71 thoughts on “A tale on Wednesday…

  1. Christine Goodnough Dec 4, 2019 / 14:12

    What a difference one short ride can make — coupled with a drink or three. Traveller’s Tip: Gravol and water only on flights to that city.

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  2. Tannille Dec 4, 2019 / 15:29

    All about perception, in some non-Western countries they drive like maniacs and are very good at it. Just hold your breath…
    Enjoyed the realism.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Dec 4, 2019 / 16:25

      Me too, but after a while you get used to them and they are the best and cheapest way of getting around cities! They had them over here in Brighton for a while but the taxi drivers objected and they got stopped by the council.


  3. Iain Kelly Dec 4, 2019 / 17:01

    Not quite the relaxing holiday he was looking forward to! Hopefully if he makes it to the hotel things might be a little calmer!

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  4. msjadeli Dec 4, 2019 / 19:15

    Thanks for sharing your experience on a real-life adrenalin-pumping ride. Reminds me of how one of my old co-workers drives!

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  5. Dale Dec 4, 2019 / 21:03

    Should I make it out there one day, I shall make sure I save the drinking for AFTER my tuk tuk ride!
    This was fun and didn’t deter me at all…

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  6. bearmkwa Dec 5, 2019 / 14:19

    This very greatly reminds me of the bus trip from the aeroporte on Grenada (Island) to the Harbor at St. Georges. A mini-bus crammed to the rafters, high speeds, narrow roads on slants that make the term “Volcanic Protuberence” more than understood. Great story, Keith, and thanks for that memory… I think I’ll skip breakfast, now… even the memory leaves me queasy. LOL!

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  7. Liz Young Dec 5, 2019 / 17:58

    I’ve had a foreign taxi-ride or two like that – all one can do is shut one’s eyes and pray!

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    • Keith's Ramblings Dec 6, 2019 / 09:56

      I do find riding in tuk tuks quite exciting – as long you hang on tightly! Thanks Liz.


  8. Brenda's Thoughts Dec 5, 2019 / 20:35

    So much for being relaxed and happy. Now, he needs a good lie down and some Maalox. Maybe a bubbly bath and something spicy tomorrow. Entertaining story as always!

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  9. plaridel Dec 5, 2019 / 22:58

    like they say, if you can drive in new delhi, you can drive anywhere. 🙂


  10. ceayr Dec 6, 2019 / 09:20

    Friday night in Glasgow?
    I’m exhausted just reading this…

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  11. larry trasciatti Dec 6, 2019 / 15:35

    Someone needs driving lessons? Having looked up tuk~tuk I noticed that you’re the first one to take advantage of the fact that the picture was taken somewhere in Thailand

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  12. siobhan1967 Dec 6, 2019 / 22:02

    I had a bus ride or two like that in the Canary Islands next to a very steep cliff edge. Definitely needed a drink afterwards. Lovely piece.

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  13. Fatima Fakier Dec 7, 2019 / 18:55

    Traffic and driving styles are so different in the East! Your vehicle is just a hair’s breadth from the next. Amusing tale.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Dec 8, 2019 / 09:16

      In London we most of our journey standing still! Thanks so much for the picture Fatima


  14. Dawn M. Miller Dec 9, 2019 / 06:17

    I’ve never been on a ride like this but I can relate to the feelings of looking forward to a relaxing evening in a comfy hotel only to have it way laid by something stupid….like traffic!
    Well written, very relatable.

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